There has been a scattering of news of late on the topic of greyhound racing. I’m hoping with every passing day, we are getting closer to a complete shutdown of this horrible industry.
Over in the UK, an important article ran on the Independent website on November 8. Apparently a BBC1 documentary ran several days ago entitled – “Panorama: Drugs and Money – Dog Racing Undercover.”
The Independent piece used the terms – ” … but the overall impression was of a sport in which the dogs mean nothing at all beyond their gambling potential” in reviewing the documentary.
The greyhounds are being given drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines and the sedative cyclazine. Some 2,500 dogs are being killed there each year when their racing days are over.
A BBC News article ran on November 3, detailing how the dogs are “drugged to rig bets.” The article contains some really disgusting information.
Back in September, VeroNews.com referenced an independent report funded by the Florida legislature. The state spent $4.1 million to regulate greyound racing in 2012, but the tax revenues over the same year only amounted to $3.1 million.
On an interesting side note, a judge in Texas has ruled the industry there cannot offer terminals where patrons gamble on images of historical races. A group of charitable bingo operations challenged the use of the terminals, because they might reduce the level of patronage on bingo games.
The CEO of the Sam Houston Race Park was quoted in the Chron.com blog entry linked above as saying the ruling was a blow to the racing industry in the state. That is actually great news for dogs and horses.
And in another bit of good news, the University College Dublin has announced it will stop purchasing greyhounds for veterinary training. Yahoo News out of the UK reports the League Against Cruel Sports and GREY2K found that 212 former racing dogs were purchased and killed by the university over a six-year period.PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion - teamed with Science and Logic